Elijah's and Elisha's Mantle
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Lesson 6 April 30-May 6
This quarter’s discussions focus on biblical symbolism of a certain kind: clothing imagery. We will consider the garments that people in the Bible wore and what that clothing really meant, what truths it symbolized, what great realities it pointed to, and what lessons we can learn from it. From the fanciful adornment of Lucifer in heaven to the filthy rags of our own righteousness, from the coats of animal skins for Adam and Eve in Eden to the “garments of splendor” mentioned in Isaiah, the Bible uses clothing and clothing imagery to portray truths about sin, pride, righteousness, salvation, justification, resurrection, and eternal life in Christ.
An ancient form of clothing was known as a mantle. A mantle was basically a coat or a cape, and the statement it made was that the one wearing it was either a person of temporal authority, such as a royal personage or a military leader, or someone of religious importance, such as a priest or prophet. Elijah wore a mantle to indicate the fact that he represented the highest authority. This week’s Scriptural Pursuit discussion centers around how God still calls us to take up His spiritual mantle and represent Him to the world.
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Department of Religion & Biblical Languages
Berrien Springs, Michigan
Religion and Biblical Languages
Russell, Glenn; McIntire, Timothy; and Baxter, John, "Elijah's and Elisha's Mantle" (2011). Scriptural Pursuit. 20.